Nerine Sarnienses Hybrids

J.E. Shields
Sun, 18 Sep 2005 05:15:56 PDT
Jim, Arnold, Fred, and all,

I've had miserable luck with a batch of different named Nerine sarniensis 
hybrids that a friend gave me several years ago.  I have tried keeping them 
in the greenhouse, dry, through summer, with very poor results.  Out of a 
dozen or more different hybrids I was given, I have only 6 left alive.

I tried keeping them outdoors, under a bench in the lath house, through 
summer.  One year, that worked great!  I had the only flowers I have seen 
on these after that summer.  The next summer, leaving them outside under 
the bench in the lath house was the same as leaving them in the greenhouse 
over summer -- serious deterioration.

I didn't participate in the rescue because I had had such poor luck with 
these things.  I really don't know how to grow sarniensis hybrids here.

A couple hybrids do well here -- 'Pink Triumph' is one that is healthy in a 
pot here over summer, although it does not bloom.  'Nikita' is a bowdenii 
selection that also does well.  'Pink Triumph' is sterile, but 'Nikita' is 
fertile and I have seedlings from it.

Jim Shields

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